Here's the situation: I currently have a simple LG handset (VX 8350) with Verizon, on my family's plan, with Mom more than happy to cover my $9.99/month charges. I use fewer than 450 minutes each month, send/receive about 500 text messages, and use almost no data. I am due for a Verizon upgrade discount in three weeks and my professional life could use a communications technology update. I need the ability closely monitor my inbox (Gmail), update contacts between phone and e-mail quickly (Mac AddressBook), and manage my calendar (Gcal). Bonuses would include ability to open and view PDF & MS Word documents, a full html browser (which I would use liberally), long battery life, and mysterious healing properties. So... Blackberry Tour is on sale now with Verizon for $150, and my only ongoing costs would be the additional BB data plan. Plus, I could get my Gmail pushed. (But I know little about how data charges work with BB/VZW) I sure do want an iPhone 3GS. I have a MacBook, and the iPhone really does do all these things better than Blackberry. But the costs (both up front and going forward) are daunting, even if I limit my voice and messaging plans. I am almost considering getting one of T-Mobile's android offerings with a data-only plan and keeping voice on my LG. My question is: With the iPhone, will there be a bump in productivity significant enough to outweigh the increased cost to myself? Money is tight for me right now - and iPhone would mean I downsize my goals in my current apartment hunt. In NYC. Hard enough already. Am I missing anything in my considerations? I would appreciate anyone's advice -- thanks, Matt H.